SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The South Orange Village Center Alliance has announced that its new Executive Director will be Lisa Hackett. The Alliance, which was originally founded in 1991 as Main Street South Orange, is the not-for-profit management entity of the Special Improvement District, and works to strengthen and improve South Orange's downtown district. Hackett served most recently as Executive Director of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance.
The South Orange Village Center Alliance released this announcement:
The Board of Directors of the new South Orange Village Center Alliance has announced the results of their comprehensive search for an Executive Director. Lisa Hackett, a long-time local area resident who was most recently the Executive Director of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA), begins in her new role today.
“We had some incredibly talented professionals apply for the position,” said Board Chair Matt Glass who led the search subcommittee, “and Lisa rose to the top as the perfect fit for South Orange and the Alliance. We’re thrilled that Lisa is bringing her energy, experience and creativity to South Orange and I know she is anxious to get to work with our community to help build a better South Orange Village Center.”
After a long career in media and entertainment with MTV Networks International and NBC Universal, Hackett found her true calling when she volunteered to help Millburn rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irene. As the DMDA’s Executive Director, Hackett created and produced events like the hugely successful Girls Night Out which attracted more tan 1,350 shoppers in its second year. She brings to South Orange not only her experience in marketing, branding and events but also her passion for helping small business owners succeed in today’s competitive economy.
In looking forward to the inaugural year under new leadership, the Alliance’s board also recognizes the person who helped shape the new improvement district and who led the former Main Street South Orange for more than seven years. “Carole Anzalone-Newman was essential to the success of Main Street and the effective transition to the Alliance,” said Glass. “Our board thanks Carole for her years of tireless work on behalf of the merchants and residents of South Orange.”
After settling into her new office inside Village Hall, Hackett’s first order of business will be getting to know the merchants, property owners, residents and volunteers that she will serve. Business owners will get their first opportunity to meet Hackett at the Alliance Business Recruitment and Retention Team’s business owner breakfast at SOPAC on January 31 at 8:00am. Glass has indicated that another event will be scheduled on an upcoming evening for the entire community to meet the new Executive Director.
The South Orange Village Center Alliance was created in 2012 to serve the property and business owners in South Orange’s central business district. Visit www.SOVillageCenter.org for more information and to get involved.